General Steel Holdings, Inc., one of China’s leading non-state owned steel products producers, announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 80% of Yantai Steel Pipe Co., Ltd. of Laiwu Iron & Steel Group (”Yantai Steel Pipe”). Upon completion of the proposed acquisition, Yantai Steel Pipe will become a Chinese-foreign joint venture, for which General Steel will have 80% ownership interest and Laiwu Iron & Steel Group will have 20% ownership interest. The completion of this acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions, including satisfactory completion of due diligence and execution of the Definitive Agreement. The Company anticipates providing further details including specific financial terms on this proposed transaction upon consummation of the final Definitive Agreement.
The joint venture will preserve the existing production systems of Yantai Steel Pipe and build a new production line for hot rolling seamless pipe. The production capacity of the joint venture is designed to be 500,000 – 600,000 tons annually. The main products of the joint venture include oil pipe (tube), boiler pipe (tube), hydraulic pipe (tube) and those used in mechanical structures.
“We are very excited to have signed a Letter of Intent with Yantai Steel Pipe, a company with a 50 year operating history, an established brand name and a well developed distribution network,” said Henry Yu, CEO and Chairman of General Steel Holdings, Inc. He added, “This is an especially attractive opportunity for us, as Yantai Steel Pipe, and its subsidiary, Yantai Lubao Steel Pipe Co., Ltd, will enable us to generate higher margin revenues through its seamless steel pipe products.”
Yantai Lubao Steel Pipe Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Yantai Steel Pipe, is owned 20.18% by Yantai Steel Pipe and 79.82% by Baosteel Group Corporation.
Mr. Wei Xu, President of Yantai Steel Pipe stated, “The steel industry in China is undergoing rapid change and consolidation. The ability to forge a strong working relationship with a forward-looking company like General Steel gives us a great deal of confidence. We are very happy to have signed this Letter of Intent with General Steel and look forward to a promising future.”
General Steel Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Beijing, operates a diverse portfolio of Chinese steel companies. With 4.8 million tons aggregate production capacity, its companies serve various industries and produce a variety of steel products including rebar, hot-rolled carbon and silicon sheet, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe. The Company has steel operations in Shaanxi and Guangdong provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Tianjin municipality. For more information, go to http://www.gshi-steel.com .